Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 17-24 Sept. 2016
Air Temp. 83-88+ F
Water Temp. 84-86 F
Engineer David M.
Geoff, Rafael, April, Dean, Suzanne, Julie, Bob, Richard, Tam, Rob and Sydney
Sunday – Dog Rocks, Austin Smith Madison Avenue
Monday – Cobia Cage, Cut & Run, Monolith Wall, Jake’s Hole
Tuesday – Empress Pinnacle, Pillar Ledge, Cave Reef
Wednesday – Primo Wall, Split Coral Head, Cut Thru City, Tunnel Rock
Thursday – washing Machine, Whale Shark Wall, Pillar Wall, Aquarium
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday September 17th
After guest boarded the Bahamas Aggressor she departed her home dock of Elizabeth on Bay and made way to the Exuma Islands. I was a clear smooth ride out to the Northern Exuma Islands. One of the highlights during the ride was a bright moon rising.
Sunday September 18th
Our first dive site on the week on this amazing trip was Dog Rocks. Being one of the crew and my favorites, Dog Rocks offer a little of everything for divers. We have a shallow area just under the Bahamas Aggressor and off the bow we have lots of Swim Thru’s, Canyons and a Very Colorful Wall. Some of the marine Life we encountered Spotted Moray Eels, Black Corals, Bright Orange Elephant Ear Sponges, Purple Basket Sponges, Spiny Fileclam, Lobsters, Crabs, Caribbean Reef Sharks and Hawksbill Turtle. The Wreck of the Austin Smith was next. We wanted to get up close and personal with some Sharks and in the Northern Exuma Islands The Wreck of the Austin Smith is the dive site to visit. We enjoyed the Wreck, Crabs, Nassau, Tiger groupers and one huge Black Grouper that hung out near the divers and Sharks. Swimming around us was 14-15 Caribbean Reef Sharks some as close as a few inches away. Everyone enjoy their time underwater on the Austin Smith. We ended the day of Madison Avenue. Some of what we saw here was Spotted Moray Eels, Queen Angelfish, Yellowhead Jawfish, Hundreds of Silversides inside the small swim thru and a Sleeping Turtle.
Monday September 19th
Because we knew we would be having some excellent weather, we headed East to Eleuthera and our first dive site called The Cobia Cage. Originally built to hold and raise Cobia for the local island since school, the cage looks like a big UFO underwater. Currently there is no Cobia in the cage but we saw lots of small creatures, Queen Triggerfish, Big Roughtail Stingrays and a Colorful Wall. Next was Cut & Run. Here we saw an anchor stuck in the wall that was encrusted with corals and sponges. When we flowed the chain that was attached to the anchor we could find small creatures. Later in the dive we sawn over part of a small airplane and enjoyed a colorful wall. To finish our wall day for the day we headed to Monolith. Monolith is a huge wall to enjoy. While diving Monolith I saw Lettuce Sea Slugs, Queen Angelfish, Cero Mackerel, more Garden Eels then we could count and a wonderful wall to enjoy. The afternoon and night was a shallow reef called Jake’s Hole. Jake’s Hole is a Very Colorful Reef of scattered coral heads that is covered with a variety of Marine Life. Two dive here just isn’t enough to really enjoy Jake’s Hole but for now that’s all we could enjoy. We saw Fairy and Blackcap Basslets, Sharpnose Pufferfish, Several Types of Angelfish, as one guest put it, it was swimming in an Aquarium.
Tuesday September 20th
All week the weather has been in our favor. So this we made our way to Lil San Salvador. It’s been a while since the Bahamas Aggressor has travel to Lil San Sal, so the guest and crew were really looking forward to the trip. Our first stop was the Empress Pinnacle. The Empress Pinnacle is a Huge Coral Head that starts about 35 feet and the bottom is at 110 feet. Diving down starting at the bottom and working our way around the pinnacle to the top gave us a change to explore all side very slowly. While swimming along slowly we saw Huge Deepwater Sea Fans, Bushy Black Coral, Feather Black Coral, Queen Angelfish, Spotted Drum, Mackerel and Hundreds of Small Tropical Fish. Next was Pillar Ledge were we swam with Spotted Moray Eels, Arrow Blennies, Garden Eels, Flounders, Rays, Ribbon Worm, Green Turtle and Octopus. To finish our time at Lil San Salvador we stopped at Cave Reef. The late afternoon and night dive was fanatic. A shallow reef so everyone was able to get some long bottom times swimming through the tunnels and canyons, on top of the reef that was covered with Gorgonians. Just some of the Marine Life we saw was Roughtail Stingrays, Spotted Drums, Jawfish, Flounders, Long Tiger Tails, Caribbean Spiny and Spotted Spiny Lobsters, Juvenile Jackknife, Spotted Moray Eels, Nurse Shark and Hawksbill Turtle.
Wednesday September 21st
Back on Eleuthera we started on Primo Wall. Just a few things we saw and enjoyed were schools of Snappers, Horse-Eye Jacks. Mackerel, Hundreds Of Garden Eels and Hawksbill Turtle. Split Coral Head and lots of Sharks were next. As we entered the water several Caribbean Reef Sharks came in close. Before we were finished enjoying all the Marine Life on Split Coral Head we had 9 Caribbean Reef Sharks and a Blacktip Sharks that came in close some just a foot away. After a wonderful lunch we made our way to Cut Thru City. We saw Carpet Anemones, Decorator Crab, Arrow Blennies, Creole Wrasse and enjoyed lots of Swim Thru’s and Canyons. Tunnel Rock was were we finished the day swimming with several types of Stingrays, Lobsters, Crabs, Flounders, Shrimps and Squid.
Thursday September 22nd
Our fun drift dive of the week was the Washing Machine. As the tide rises between Highborne Cay and Oyster Cay the current flows over an area where when underwater it feels like your going through the spin cycle of a washing machine. After enjoying the spin cycle we did a slow drift over Basketstar Reef and seeing lots of Marine Life, some being a few Caribbean Reef Sharks, Rays and Turtle. Whale Shark Wall was next. One of the longest swim thru’s to enjoy on this dive site. Also lots of Small Tropical Fish, Rays, Colorful Bent Sea Rods, Venus Sea Fans, Starlet Corals, Mackerel an Atlantic Spadefish. Pillar Wall was our last wall dive of the week. We really enjoyed the several canyons and swim thru’s here as well as seeing Tiger Groupers, Pederson Cleaner Shrimp, Flamingo Tongue, Mackerel and a small Caribbean Reef Shark. We finished the day and night on a dive site called Aquarium. The Aquarium dive site is made up of lots of small colorful coral head. In and around these coral heads is covered with marine life, so when diving here it feels like you’re inside your own aquarium. Just some of what we saw was Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Tiger and Nassau Groupers, Filefish, Porcupinefish and a very small (baby) Ballonfish and Squid.
Friday September 23rd
Our last dive of the week was on the Blue Hole. This dive site seems to give us a little of everything each week. Lots of Schooling Fish like Snappers and Grunts, Several types of Angelfish, Moray Eels, Nurse Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks, and Several Silky Sharks inside the hole and a nice Big Loggerhead Turtle.
The Crew Would Like To Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Bahamas Aggressor!!!
Until The Next Time Safe Travels…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew